Tue, Sep. 18, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director
Continuing the 2012 campaign in Minnesota, the Duhawks traveled to take on the #24 Augsburg Eagles and the Macalester Scots over the weekend. In previous years, both teams have given the Duhawks a tough battle making each road match a tall task for the #4 Duhawks.
On Friday night, the Augsburg Eagles were anxious to kick off the Top 25 matchup, hoping to prove that they are a team to be considered come tournament time. Loras had plans of their own, however. In the 11th minute, senior Brad Joiner slid behind the Augsburg back line and junior Kevin Cavers slid him a nifty pass. Then before Joiner could get his shot off, he was taken down inside the box, earning a penalty kick for the Duhawks. Junior Pat Langan lined up and blasted his first goal of the year into the back of the net to put Loras on top.
Throughout the rest of the first half, Loras and Augsburg exchanged scoring chances, but only Loras would be able to put three more shots on frame for Clayton Lynch, the Augsburg goalkeeper, to stop.
After the 15 minute hiatus, the teams retook the pitch and made the first five minutes interesting to say the least. In the 49th minute, Tom Fluegel not only found time and space in the middle of the pitch, but also found Joiner, who created space and sent home what would be the game-winning goal, his fourth strike of the year. Then in the 50th minute, Augsburg came flying back at Loras and earned a free kick from around 35 yards out. Junior goalkeeper Dylan Milkent went up and grabbed the air ball, but could not control it upon his return to the turf, resulting in a loose ball in which Josh Sweeney banged home. That would be all the Eagles could muster, however, leaving them with a sour taste in their mouth and their first loss of 2012 on their record.
Following the team day at the Mall of America on Saturday, Loras got right back to work Sunday afternoon after traveling to St. Paul to take on the Macalester Scots.
The Scots have certainly had a frustrating start to 2012, but nonetheless, came out with something to prove. Junior Dan Figura took matters into his own hands, however, when he placed his free kick into the back of the net in the 20th minute. Despite a number of scoring chances, including a shot off the crossbar from senior Malcolm Calbert, the Duhawks were unable to increase their lead over Macalester, but took the one-nil win.
The win moved the Duhawks to 7-0-1 on the year, certainly an impressive mark, and one that has not been matched since the magical 2007 season. Can the Duhawks keep the streak alive? They will travel across the state line to Platteville, and take on the Pioneers who come in with a 6-1-1 record and will certainly be looking to make a statement against an opponent like Loras.
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